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Don Rickles, legendary insult comic, dead at 90
“Don Rickles, a comedian and actor known for his abrasive humor, died Thursday from kidney failure at his Los Angeles home, according to his publicist, Paul Shefrin…” (CNN)

Trump launches military strike against Syria
“The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government target in response to their chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week…” (CNN)

Syrian National Coalition hails US strike on Homs base
“A Syrian opposition group has welcomed a US strike on a government-controlled air base, hailing Washington’s direct military involvement as a major milestone in Syria’s long-running civil war…” (Al Jazeera)

Syria denies using chemical weapons in Idlib
“The Syrian government says its military “did not and will not” use chemical weapons, denying accusations it was behind an attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province that sparked widespread international outrage…” (Al Jazeera)

Silent on Gas Attack, Assad Blames Israel, Blasts Trump
“Syrian President Bashar Assad told a Croatian newspaper in an interview published on Thursday that his government has no choice other than to defeat what he described as terror…” (Haaretz)

Putin to Netanyahu: Unacceptable to Make ‘Groundless Accusations’ on Syria Chemical Attack
“Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it was unacceptable to make “groundless” accusations over this week’s suspected chemical weapons attack in a Syrian province…” (Haaretz)

Record number of GP closures force 265,000 to find new doctors
“A record number of GP practices closed last year, forcing thousands of patients to find a new surgery, in spite of government attempts to stop local doctors shutting their doors…” (The Guardian)

Gay clergyman passed over seven times for promotion to bishop
“Jeffrey John, a gay senior Anglican churchman, has been passed over for promotion to a bishopric for a seventh time since the Church of England rescinded his appointment as bishop of Reading in 2003 amid homophobic protests…” (The Guardian)

Germany investigating 20 alleged Turkish spies
“The German Interior Ministry is looking into people allegedly spying on Fethullah Gulen supporters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed last year’s attempted coup on Gulen followers…” (

A kiss for your tie? Why Carnival kicks off with gender power games
“Women take charge of men on the Thursday before Carnival, cut off their ties and give them a kiss. It’s a tradition that hails from an era when women’s rights were non-existent…” (



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